Mercy Co-workers Compete in Fort Scott Dancing with our Stars

January 20, 2014

The duo of David Conradt and Audrey Daniels strikes a pose during dance practice

Fort Scott, Kan. - Mercy Health Foundation Fort Scott is honored to have two Mercy Hospital co-workers strut their stuff at the Fort Scott Rotary Club’s Fourth Annual Dancing with our Stars event on Saturday, February 15 at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center at Fort Scott Community College.

Dancers representing the Mercy Health Foundation in previous years have had strong performances.  That’s pressure for this year’s team of Audrey Daniels and David Conradt.  

Daniels, CNA, and Conradt, Senior Reimbursement Specialist, are volunteering their time (and sweat) to raise money to benefit the Mercy Health Foundation in Fort Scott. The duo will disco dance to “Take a Chance on Me” by ABBA.

But chance may not be part of the equation with this pair.  Conradt, an experienced dancer, has competed in the Heart of America Dance Championship.

Conradt says his reaction to being asked to perform at the event, “I was hesitant at first, but then I figured I could do it. I’ve always liked dancing. Besides, that’s how I met my wife.”

Daniels says, “I am honored that I was considered and I look forward to representing such a good cause.”

Ten couples will participate in this year’s event, each choosing a charity or agency to represent.  Proceeds are raised for the various charities by “votes” (monetary donations) from the audience for their favorite dancers at the event. At the end of the performance, the couple with the most “votes” collected will be named with “People’s Choice” award.

At the first Dancing with our Stars event in 2011, the duo of Sally Cullor and Jim Smith waltzed away with the “People’s Choice” award and $1,356 to support the Mercy Cancer Care Unit of Hope expansion. The second year, Nancy Pruitt and Dr. Larry Seals, accompanied by a group of swaying “Sisters” performed a breath-taking routine to “I Will Follow Him” from Sister Act, which earned first place by the trio of judges and $1,650 to benefit projects funded by the Mercy Health Foundation.

Mercy Health Foundation was founded in September 1989 with the purpose of securing the health care needs for the residents of Fort Scott and the surrounding region as provided by Mercy. The foundation board is comprised of community leaders entrusted with the responsibility to receive and obtain gifts and property of all kinds and to manage and supervise these assets in support of the care and relief of the sick.  

The latest fund-raising initiative by the Mercy Health Foundation Board is called the Friends of Mercy, an annual-giving campaign designed to fund special projects at Mercy Hospital Fort Scott. The campaign is young but already has over $4,700 in cash with another $900 pledged in 2014. Donations to the current Friends of Mercy campaign will support the implementation of telemedicine services at the hospital.

In the years 2010 and 2011, the Mercy Health Foundation Board held a fund-raising campaign that netted $250,000 for the expansion of the Mercy Cancer Care Unit of Hope.

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